Monthly Archives: November 2010

159 – A "Show" of Intrigue

This week on the WELSTech Podcast we interview Vicar Donald Tilbury about web conferencing with distance catechism students.

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The discussion:

Web Conferencing - Martin and Sallie look at the What, Why (from a ministry perspective) and How of web conferencing as they detail four free tools for desktop sharing.

The interview:

Vicar Donald Tilbury(16:15) The First WELSTech Vicar – Vicar Donald Tilbury who serves Gethsemane in Omaha, NE joined Martin and Sallie to share his catechism web conferencing success story and a cool new mapping tool as well.

Ministry resources:

  • (31:28) NIV 1984, the previous, widely used New International Version Bible translation, is available for FinalWeb customers

News in Tech:

(34:50) Google Code-in for Students launches 

Picks of the week:

Christmas 2010 WELSTech Scavenger Hunt:

(48:23) Week 2 of our latest WELSTech contest is here, and we’ve hidden our “QR Code of the Week” somewhere on the WELSTech site.  Listen each week through December 15th as we reveal clues for finding 5 QR Codes which will point you to a mystery message. Following the December 15th show you can enter the mystery message for a chance to win a $25 Cafe Press gift certificate, where your WELSTech merchandise dreams can come true!  The winner will be selected from all correct entries and announced on our special Christmas week podcast airing December 22nd.

  • This week’s clue to the code location is … Mikogo.
  • Get the Week 1 clue.
  • Remember, you can use your smartphone or an online decoder to decipher the message.  Have fun!

Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

(1:01:58) Episode 160 - We double our host chatter with the welcome addition of Gail Potratz and Jason Schmidt, and the topic of the day is Diigo.  (Release date 12/01/10)

The featured artist:

(1:03:24) We close the podcast with the music of Stephen Bautista (www.stephenbautistamusic.com or stephenbautista on Twitter) - Brand New Day from his CD titled ”Abandon”

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158 – Barcodes, Newsletters, and the NIV

This week the WELSTech Podcast returns to the church and school office to look at newsletter production.

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The discussion:

Those newsy newsletters - Martin and Sallie share tips and tricks related to church and school newsletters, covering everything from software and templates to imagery and e-news services with a bit of discussion of frequency, audience and content as well.

The interview:

(18:55) Publishing the Good News – Naomi Henkel from Mt. Calvary in Redding, CA recently talked with Sallie about the production of her congregation’s newsletter.  She also shared ideas for creating a motivating congregational time and talent survey.

Ministry resources:

Picks of the week:

WELSTech contest:

(50:05) Beginning today and continuing each week through December 15th we’ll release a series of 5 clues in the WELSTech “Christmas 2010 Scavenger Hunt“.  Use these 5 clues to locate a mystery message and enter it for a chance to win a $25 Cafe Press gift certificate, where your WELSTech merchandise dreams can come true!  The winner will be selected from all correct entries and announced on our special Christmas week podcast airing December 22nd.

This week we’ll make it easy and post the first clue image on this page.  You’ll have to find the future clue images somewhere on the WELSTech web site.

 Clue #1

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Remember, you can use your smartphone or an online decoder to decipher the message.  Have fun!

Community feedback:

  • (52:19) Kevin Smith from Christ in Zumbrota, MN shared information on their church basement audio project.  Look for details and equipment links on the WELSTech Wiki > Audio Equipment page.

Coming up on WELSTech:

(54:19) Episode 159 - We’ll delve into the topic of web conferencing and talk to Vicar Donald Tilbury about using the web to connect with long-distance catechism students.  (Release date 11/24/10)

The featured artist:

(55:15) We close the podcast with the music of Kevin Loersch - Advent Medley from his CD titled ”O Holy Night”

Get involved:

157 – Synapse

This week on the WELSTech Podcast we return to our Leading 21st Century Schools book discussion and interview Synapse game developer, Carol Laitinen.

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The discussion:

Web 2.0 Tools for the Classroom – Martin and Sallie talk through chapter 3 of Leading 21st Century Schools, the current book discussion.  You can catch up on previous chapters in the podcast archive. In this chapter the book transitions from a theoretical look at the education environment of today to a practical look at some of the leading software resources that students can use for collaboration, communication and creation.

The interview:

Carol Laitinen(17:40) Teamwork at the Speed of Laughter - Carol Laitinen from St. John’s in New Ulm, MN joins Martin and Sallie to share the story of the development of her party game, Synapse.

News in tech:

Picks of the week:

Of interest:

(52:20) View the live video stream of WELS Regional Choral Fest from Manitowoc Lutheran High School at wels.net/streams/live

  • Pops Concert – Friday, November 12 at 7 p.m. CST
  • Sacred Concert – Sunday, November 14 at 2 p.m. CST

Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

(57:49) Episode 158 - It’s “Office Administrator’s Week” again on WELSTech as we look at all things related to church newsletters and e-news.  (Release date 11/17/10)

The featured artist:

(58:50) This week we feature the music of  Koine (www.koinemusic.com | Facebook) - Built on the Rock from their CD titled ”Koine II”

Get involved:

156 – Microphones, Janet Jackson, and Milk

This week the WELSTech Podcast discussion includes congregation tech topics such as wireless microphones, projection solutions, electronic signs, online social media presence and more.

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The discussion:

New Tech in Sleepy Eye - Martin and Sallie review the newest techie additions in Sallie’s congregation, St. John’s in Sleepy Eye, MN.

Rear Projection Screen

Tech Planning – Mark Salzwedel, a member of Christ in Eden Prairie, WI, wrote WELSTech because his congregation was looking for direction and contacts to assist with some technology planning they are undertaking.

Ministry resources:

News in tech:

Picks of the week:

Of interest:

(32:15) View the live video stream of WELS Regional Choral Fest from Manitowoc Lutheran High School at wels.net/streams/live

  • Pops Concert – Friday, November 12 at 7 p.m. CST
  • Sacred Concert – Sunday, November 14 at 2 p.m. CST

Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

(44:55) Episode 157 - WELSTech hits the books as we look at chapter 3 of Leading 21st Century Schools.  (Release date 11/10/10)

The featured artist:

(46:05) This week we feature the music of Crosswalk Lutheran Ministries (http://www.crosswalkphoenix.com/worship/music.aspx) - You Are My World from their CD titled ”Crosswalk Lutheran Ministries”

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